Guido Lanteri Laura was announced winner of the prestigious Midas Art Award at a private view held at Newlyn Art Gallery on Friday 17 October. The award was presented alongside the exhibition launch showcasing all of the finalists work.
Guido, one of five recent Falmouth fine art graduates shortlisted, was presented with his award by Kevin Bate, operational director at Midas Construction and award judge. Also included on the judging panel were Joe Clarke, Director of Millennium Gallery St Ives, artist Patrick Lowry, Tess Purdy and Keith Hosen from Midas Construction, Blair Todd, Deputy Director of Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange and Ginny Button, Director of The Falmouth School of Art.
Kevin Bate said: "It was extremely difficult to choose a winner as the standard was very high this year, so each artist can be very proud of themselves. Midas has been involved with the award for many years now and the quality of work continues to impress. It is also fantastic to see last year's winner, Marc Messenger, exhibit his new solo exhibition."
Winner Guido said: "I was shortlisted for the Midas Art Award from the degree show, and it's fantastic to win. Now I've won this award, I will look to continue my work and aim to apply for a place at the Royal College of Art in the New Year."
Guido received a prize worth £1,500 and will also be given a year's mentoring from an art tutor based at Falmouth before enjoying the opportunity to stage his own solo exhibition at the Millennium Gallery in the autumn of 2015.
About Guido Lanteri Laura
Guido Lanteri Laura's work 'Modo Del Abeglia' is currently on show at the Newlyn Art Gallery, along with the work of the other four artists shortlisted for this year's award - Laura Adams, Calum Armstrong, Diana Bechmann and Jon Doran. Much of Guido's work consists of primitively edited films in which physical acts and performances can be represented in a way that create moments of doubt within the mind of the audience. These moments of doubt have the ability to not only send the protagonist into a different world, but simultaneously send the audience there with him.
About The Midas Art Award
The Midas Art Award, now in its ninth year, is a joint initiative between Cornwall-based Midas Construction (part of the Midas Group), Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, the Millennium Gallery in St Ives, and Falmouth University to help new and emerging artists succeed in the professional contemporary art world. The award is sponsored by Midas Construction, a division of The Midas Group – one of the largest independent construction companies in the South West - which is committed to supporting upcoming artists across the region.
About The Exhibition
An exhibition showcasing the work of all the finalists in the Midas Art Award 2014 – including the winner Guido Lanteri Laura- runs at the Newlyn Art Gallery in Penzance until November 15. The gallery is open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm, and entry is free, donations welcome. Alongside the finalist's exhibition, paintings by Caroline Pedler will also be on display in The Picture Room y from 18th October to 15th November. All works are for sale. In addition, last year's winner, Marc Messenger, is presenting Existed, a solo show exploring our complex relationships with the natural world.